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Talent plus kismat

Singer Sophia hopes to make it to films

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Spells success: Sophia

AN ECONOMICS graduate, a singer, a VJ, an artiste and an entertainer— that's Sophia in a nutshell. Sophia's foot tapping remixes have topped charts. The latest being the peppy Ek pardesi mera dil le gaya from Baby Love. Her music is different because she re-creates rather than just re-mix. She was part of the all-girl band `Sansara'. Remember tracks like `Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai', `Habibi'... the band did not go the extra mile but Sophia definitely did. The Loveline show on MTV, which she co-anchors with VJ Cyrus, is equally popular. She has also teamed up with the U.K.-based pop act `Right Said Fred'. Her flair for languages goes like French, Urdu, Hindi, English and Italian, and she sings in Arabic, Spanish and Punjabi. "Music has given me a wider reach. Even people in smaller towns, who do not have access to MTV, identify me now," says Sophia. "As an artiste I want to sing, dance and involve the crowd." What does she feel about the pop scene? "Bad. Singers should start performing in the videos to bring about a change. Just a handful of us such as Shaan, Adnan Sami and Lucky Ali sing and perform." The success formula of her album: "Everything fell in place... my music director, the songs, the video, the publicity and my kismat (good luck). Any product, if good, becomes a success." Will VJ Sophia rule the singer Sophia? " Life is all about striking a balance. Music has been my first love and will always remain so." Is Bollywood her next stop? "Right now, I am busy with music, stage shows and VJing. I am open to the idea of working in films." Her kind of music includes ghazals, melodies, romantic songs, bhangras, blues, Western classical and fast and slow Hindi numbers. "I also listen to regional music. I like Tamil and Telugu songs. They have a good mix of the East and the West."

K. JESHI

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